Standby for Tape Back-Up

By Ross Sutherland // Shoreditch Town Hall & UK Tour //  2015/16


"Two years ago, I found a videotape in my loft. On it: one and a half films, one quiz show and two sit-coms. Somehow, it became the story of my life” 

The Observer - 'Simply note down the booking number because this is a must-see… Extraordinary'

★★★★★ The Stage -  'Consuming, compelling, hypnotic… One of the stand-out shows of the Fringe'

★★★★★ Exeunt Magazine - 'Touching, funny and linguistically thrilling'

★★★★★ Fest Magazine - 'I’ve rarely found myself so rapt by a piece of theatre'

★★★★★ A Younger Theatre - 'Achingly beautiful, simultaneously soothing and stirring'

★★★★★ Three Weeks 

★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★★★★ The Independent - 'Dizzyingly clever'

★★★★ The Telegraph - 'Startlingly original'

★★★★ Time Out - 'Beautifully poetic'

★★★★ Edinburgh Spotlight - 'Rob Watt has guided the journey of the material perfectly, allowing layers of meaning to subtly simmer underneath.'

★★★★ What’s On Stage - 'Poignantly ephemeral'

Summerhall, Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall & UK Tour, 2015/2016

After a hard-drive crash and a near death experience, Ross Sutherland found himself house-bound with only one thing for company: an old videotape that once belonged to his granddad.

Over the months that followed, Ross memorised every second of the tape. Slowly, he learnt how to manipulate the images into telling the story of his life. The videotape allowed Ross to open a dialogue with his late grandfather, and eventually helped him confront the illness that had nearly ended his life.

Performed by Ross Sutherland // Produced by Show and Tell // Photo Credit: James Lyndsey

Supported by the Roundhouse, Writers Centre Norwich, Southbank Centre, Metal Peterborough and Arts Council England